Fish Taco Slaw

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Fish Taco Slaw is a delicious slaw made from cabbage slaw mix and a tangy mayo lime dressing. It’s an easy way to add tons of flavor to your favorite fish tacos, coming together in minutes for a quick and tasty meal. Try this simple slaw as the perfect accompaniment to your next fish taco feast!

Fish Taco Slaw is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of tacos like mahi mahi, fish taco bowls, and tilapia. Whether you prefer blackened, beer-battered, or grilled, this slaw will bring out the best in each one.

Fish taco slaw with tangy mayo dressing.

Coleslaw for Fish Tacos

One of the best things about living in Florida is the access to incredible seafood. Each restaurant has a different spin on fish tacos with some type of crunchy cabbage slaw and house-made remoulade sauce or fish taco sauce.

This taco slaw is one of those restaurant recreation recipes. It’s a great all-around slaw recipe with a touch of sweetness, some tanginess from freshly squeezed lime juice, and crunch from shredded cabbage.

Our taco coleslaw recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and very versatile. The best part is that it keeps well in the refrigerator for about 3 days and works well as a side dish for several recipes, not just as a slaw for fish tacos.

How to Make Fish Taco Slaw

Here’s a brief description explaining how to make our taco slaw. The full recipe including ingredients and instructions is further down the page.

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well blended. Then set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cabbage mix, green onions, and cilantro.
  3. Pour the mayo lime dressing over the cabbage mixture, and stir to combine.
  4. Store taco coleslaw in the fridge until ready to use.
Slaw dressing poured over coleslaw mix.
Creamy fish taco slaw in a glass mixing bowl.

Tips for Success

  • Use a combination of cabbage and thinly sliced onions for the slaw.
  • Add freshly chopped parsley in place of cilantro if you prefer.
  • For an extra kick, add jalapeno peppers or chili powder.
  • Incorporate complementary flavors by adding mango, pineapple, or mandarin orange slices into your slaw mix when possible.
  • Instead of purchasing packaged slaw mix, use a food processor to quickly shred cabbage and veggies instead.
  • Consider mixing up different types of cabbage (red vs green) to create more visual appeal in the presentation.  
  • Top off individual servings with crunchy garnishes such as sesame seeds, crushed tortilla chips, etc., just before serving!


Refrigerator: Fish taco slaw can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To keep it fresher for longer, store the slaw without dressing or other wet ingredients and mix them together just before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream for the mayonnaise?

For a healthier version of fish taco slaw, replace the mayonnaise with equal parts plain Greek yogurt. Even if you want to mix in a bit of mayo for flavor, as long as it adds up to 1 cup the mixture will work.

Just keep in mind that some Greek yogurt is strong in flavor, so the dressing will taste slightly different.

Sour cream is an excellent substitute to use, however, we don’t advise only using sour cream in the coleslaw dressing. To get the best results, try swapping out ¼ cup of mayo or yogurt with ¼ cup of sour cream for a delicious and creamy texture!

Top down view of a bowl of coleslaw.

Can you make this fish taco slaw without cilantro?

Of course! Everyone should be able to enjoy taco slaw recipe, so if someone doesn’t care for cilantro, it’s totally fine to omit it.

If you’d like something else as an alternative, fresh parsley makes for a delicious and flavorful addition.

Can you omit the sugar in this fish taco slaw?

Absolutely! If you are looking for a more tart flavor to your slaw, simply omit the sugar. We haven’t tested this recipe with any sugar substitutes; therefore, our best suggestion is to leave it out entirely.

How do you make this slaw spicy?

Actually, we have an entirely different recipe for spicy coleslaw and it is great on fish tacos! That way, we don’t have to change this recipe at all, we just use the other recipe when we want spicy coleslaw.

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Top down view of creamy taco slaw in a bowl.

Fish Taco Slaw

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 18 Servings



  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, freshly squeezed (about 6-8 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • 16 ounce bag pre-shredded coleslaw mix, (discard any dressing that comes with the mix)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  • In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
    2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the cabbage slaw mix, green onions, and cilantro. Pour in the dressing, and stir to combine.
    16 ounce bag pre-shredded coleslaw mix
    ¼ cup cilantro
    2 green onions
  • Refrigerate until ready to use. See post for tips, FAQS, and storage options.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 ounces of slaw. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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  1. So glad I found this recipe. It is delicious. Just the right amount of tartness. Tastes super fresh and light. So far I’ve made it to pair with Mahi and Snapper. Pairs beautifully with both.

    1. Thank you Diane! We’re glad you enjoy the slaw. It’s one of our favorites too. It works on fried cod as well. Thank you again for commenting and rating the recipe. Have a lovely day πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Tammy, Kim and I are glad everyone likes the slaw. Thank you again for commenting and have a lovely day πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Tina, Kim and I are happy you and your husband enjoyed the fish taco slaw. Thank you again for commenting and rating the recipe. Have a lovely day πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Boje! Kim and are glad you the enjoyed the slaw. Thank you again for commenting and rating the recipe. Have a great day πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Monica!

      We haven’t tried Miracle Whip in place of mayonnaise. I’m not sure how Miracle Whip will taste since it’s tangier than mayonnaise. If you prefer it, give a try and see how you like it. Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

  2. The BEST Coleslaw dressing with broiled talapia on street taco corn tortillas! I sliced half a green cabbage and added green onions and carrots!

  3. My husband does 90% of the cooking butttttt I really wanted fish tacos and decided to make this dressing myself! So easy and so tasty!!

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